Jean Hirons paints with pastel and is an avid teacher of the medium. Primarily a landscape painter, focusing on architecture in the landscape, she occasionally explores other subjects, such as still life, her cat, and whatever catches her fancy. Jean taught a class in pastel for seven years at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD and now teaches at the Yellow Barn in Glen Echo Park, Bethesda, as well as privately. In 2012, she published Finding Your Style in Pastel, a book based on her teaching and painting experiences that explores the many uses of the medium.
Jean retired from the Library of Congress in 2003 after a thirty year career as a librarian. During this time, she created the standard documentation used for serials catalogers and an international training program. In addition to painting, Jean plays classical piano, taking lessons and participating in a monthly piano group. She is married and lives with her husband, John Hansman, and their tuxedo cat, Charlie, in Rockville, MD.